It's no secret to my friends and family that I am a HUGE fan of Ted Dekker's writing, so when I was offered the chance to review a book by Chuck Graham whose writing is similar, I jumped at the chance.
The Company is definitely more in tune with the genre of writing I have come to enjoy. It's not mainstream, but that is not a negative! I will admit that for the first couple of chapters I wasn't sure it would keep my attention, but once I started getting the underlying story, I was caught up.
The Brigons think they are the only people who survived a meteor hit that brought complete darkness to the world. They hear a voice in the darkness one day asking if they want help and they accept. This help comes in the form of light and power supplied by one source through three companies. However, as it is with people, over the years, they begin to work towards independence, even from each other in separate villages. This was not a part of the original "Plan" that was brought to them with the light and power years ago.
Seventy years later, a group of Brigons are brought to a conference far away from their village, where they begin to learn how far their people have strayed and what, if anything, can be done to bring them back on track with the Plan. Through characters such as the main, Sam, who is just an average working man with a wife and child, who doesn't think he is anything special and Ellington, an older employee who remembers the power and light being brought, you are pulled into the story, feeling what you think the characters themselves are feeling. As well as with the three senior managers, each with agendas of their own for their companies, are brought in to see just how far they have strayed from the Plan and if they have ever even read it. And of course, Mme. Couteau, the eldest of the group, who has vivid memories not only of the voice but of tragic events from the dark times.
One thing about the book I really enjoyed was the list of names used throughout the story and where Mr. Graham received inspiration for each name, whether biblical or simply related. I encourage you to read this book, I expect more from Mr. Graham in the future, especially a hopeful sequel to this book :-)
About the Book:
A meteor strike plunges the world into darkness. A stranger to the village of Brigos Glen restores power and light, supplied by three businesses, known as “The Company,” located beyond the forbidden mountains. The stranger reveals a plan so the Brigons can maintain the power and share the light with outlying territories, which remain shrouded in darkness.
Now, seventy years later, The Company summons six Brigons, including the young engineer Sam Mitchell, to attend a conference in the mountains of the forbidden Outlands.
Responsible for compiling a report about Brigos Glen from his five companions, Sam learns how managers and villagers largely ignored the plan or compromised it to self-interest, forsaking their duty to share the light. They also took for granted The Company responsible for generating and transmitting the power.
In an ordeal fraught with failure, revelations, and judgment, Sam discovers the true identity behind The Company and learns the fate that may befall Brigos Glen . . . that is, unless he can stop it.
Chuck Graham's legal career as an attorney in private practice spanned more than thirty-one years. He represented many local, national, and international clients, acquiring intricate knowledge about the often-overlapping structures of the corporate world. He also worked against those seeking to create racial division, including the Ku Klux Klan. He has served as a member of the state bar of Georgia since 1979 and an instructor to attorneys and judges through the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). He received the Medallion of Appreciation from ICLE.
Chuck is also a speaker and the author of Take the Stand (Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996) and the compilations, A Year of Encouragement (Xulon Press).
In 1997 he founded Ciloa (Christ Is Lord Of All), a ministry devoted to sharing God’s encouragement with the world and teaching those who follow Him how to encourage others. Today Chuck serves as executive director and principal author of A Note of Encouragement, a weekly e-zine reaching 175 countries.
He and Beverly, his wife of thirty-four years, have lived in Lawrenceville, a suburb of Atlanta, for fourteen years. God has blessed them with three children. In his free time, Chuck enjoys backpacking and hiking (especially on the Appalachian Trail), playing the guitar, dabbling in photography, and reading extensively about the Christian faith.
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Disclosure : I received this book free from WinePress Books through Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions expressed above are my own.